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13 June 2001

Venture capital distributions: short-run and long-run reactionsp

This paper examines stock distributions by US venture capital firms back to their institutional investors. This is a unique environment in which transactions by informed insiders are exempt from anti-fraud provisions. Here, Josh Lerner and Paul Gompers of Harvard Business School, investigate this legal form of ‘insider trading'.

1 June 2001

Benchmarks for private equity fund investmentp

This report by Wilshire Associates presents a new methodology for measuring return and risk for private equity investments -using buy-out investments as an example. This allows investors to create useful and risk-adjusted performance benchmarks.

23 April 2001

Performance benchmarks for institutional investorsp

Could establishing a suitable benchmark for venture capital promote institutional investment in start-ups? This is the question addressed here by a report from the Pensions Institute in March 2001.

16 April 2001

The private equity premium puzzlep

Returns to private equity are in some cases two to three percentage points lower than the returns on public equity, according to this report conducted at the University of Chicago GSB.

16 April 2001

Can firms learn to acquire?p

Just because a firm has experience in the M&A sector doesn't mean all its future deals will be successful. This INSEAD report looks at the correlation between past and future performance.

16 April 2001

The climate for growth entrepreneurship in Europep

Entrepreneurs are the backbone of today's ‘new economy'. So how favourable is the environment in which they are expected to operate? This 3i Venturelab report finds out by looking at a range of factors across Europe that affect entrepreneurial businesses at different stages of their development.

16 April 2001

The cross-section of expected returnsp

Can past performance really be a good guide to future performance? This report from the University of Chicago GSB examines the complex relationship between expected and historical returns.

16 April 2001

How asset allocation is influenced by the valuation of liabilitiesp

In February 2001, there were three valuation bases for pension liabilities in the UK: statutory, MFR and FRS17. This report by David Blake of the Pensions Institute argues that a single valuation basis for pension liabilities should be developed in a way that ensures pension funds are not discouraged from investing in private equity.

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